31.5km (26min drive) from ASURE Alfresco Motor Lodge
Eastwoodhill Arboretum is the National Arboretum of New Zealand and encompasses over 135 hectares planted with a massive range of exotic and native trees, shrubs and climber plantings.
The botanical collection was planted by Douglas Cook and is regarded as the largest and most comprehensive collection of Northern Hemisphere trees south of the equator. Spend the day at Eastwoodhill walking a trail, admiring the incredible collection of exotic and native trees, and finding the perfect picnic spot.
Rere Falls and Rockslide
43.6km (37min drive) from ASURE Alfresco Motor Lodge
The Rere Falls is where the Wharekopae River transforms from a slow moving body of water to an incredible cascade more than 20 metres wide and 10 metres tall.
Rere Falls is a perfect swimming and picnic spot or just sit and experience the natural beauty of this place. The Rere Rock Slide is 60 metres of sheer exhilaration as the waters of the Wharekopae River race down a giant slab of moss-covered sandstone into a naturally-formed freshwater pool. Best experienced with an inflatable device - available to hire from the Gisborne i-SITE - you'll want to take this ride over and over again.
Gisborne Vintage Rail Wa165
4.7km (8min drive) from ASURE Alfresco Motor Lodge
Wa165 is the only remaining Wa class locomotive in the world and it has been lovingly restored to its former glory by a dedicated local team of volunteers.
Now Wa165 is retired but comes out for special steam trips and excursions for you and your families out in the sun. What makes our steam trips so special is the travel across the airport (the only one in the southern hemisphere) and the spectacular beach cliff views from 500ft above sea level at Beach Loop.
Gisborne Wine Centre
4.9km (9min drive) from ASURE Alfresco Motor Lodge
Taste and experience all that the Gisborne wine region has to offer at the Gisborne Wine Centre. Located in the city's beautiful inner harbour, it's just a short walk from the CBD and many of the region's best hotels, motels and restaurants.
An extensive range of Gisborne wines are available for tasting each week, highlighting the diversity of the brands and varietals produced in the region. Gisborne wines, along with locally brewed beer and local ciders, are also served by the glass or bottle to be enjoyed overlooking magnificent harbour views. Trained staff are on hand to provide information and recommendations on wines, make bookings for visits to Gisborne's boutique cellar doors, Wine Tours, and suggest a range of wine tourism experiences.
Tologa Bay Wharf
58.4km (50min drive) from ASURE Alfresco Motor Lodge
Extending far into the deep water of Tolaga Bay, this wharf is a legendary place to dangle a fishing line.
Allow half an hour to walk to the end of New Zealand's longest wharf and back. At 660 metres in length, this is no ordinary pier. Locals love the wharf because it's part of Eastland history, and because it's a most excellent place to catch a fish.
4.1km (7min drive) from ASURE Alfresco Motor Lodge
The museum is both museum and art gallery to the Tairawhiti region. Endeavouring to reflect ancient and recent histories, a variety of changing and semi-permanent exhibitions are on offer to the visitor.
Eastland's Museum and Art Gallery. A splendid variety of galleries uniquely display the region's history, art and taonga Mäori. Maritime/Star of Canada Bridgehouse, historic 1870s Wyllie Cottage, giftshop and cafe.
Dive Tatapouri - Feed The Stingrays
2.7km (4min drive) from Alfresco Motor Lodge
Come to Dive Tatapouri and discover the children of Tangaroa, the god of the sea, while immersing yourself in the local culture and magical marine surroundings of New Zealand’s East Coast.
Come to Dive Tatapouri and discover the children of Tangaroa, the god of the sea, while immersing yourself in the local culture and magical marine surroundings of New Zealand’s East Coast. Dive Tatapouri is famous for its interactive reef tour with wild stingrays, eagle rays and other reef dwellers. Visitors can also enjoy idyllic snorkelling excursions and a range of other activities around Gisborne including surf lessons, fishing and dive charters, and trips to the mighty Rere Rockslide. There are lots of great accommodation options in Gisborne.